bunionToe binding involves removing a knuckle, then pinning the toe back together to refuse the bones.

Also known as cosmetic toe-shortening, the procedure is usually performed alongside bunionremoval in non-cosmetic surgery circumstances.

The practice is similar to the Chinese custom of foot binding, which was used to ensure women’s feet remained small. Although foot binding is officially banned, toe-binding has striking similarities to the process. This procedure is gaining ground in America for those who want to wear heels but have difficulties due to bunions and other toe problems.

For many people, bunions are a real problem If you are contending with bunions, call podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will work with you to provide the best treatment option that works for you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.


Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.


A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

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